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Genre  Drama
People also search for  Sons of the Anzacs
Writer  Gloria Bourner
Language  English
Director  Eric Porter
Music director  Sydney John Kay
Country  Australia
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Release date  20 September 1946
Cinematography  Damien Parer, Arthur Higgins
Cast  Peter Finch, Ron Randell, Muriel Steinbeck (Laurette Graham)

A Son Is Born is a 1946 Australian melodrama.



In 1920, Laurette marries an irresponsible drifter, Paul Graham. They have a son, David, but later divorce due to Paul's drinking and infidelities. David chooses to stay with his father and Laurette marries again, this time to John, a rich businessman with a teenaged daughter, Kay.

Years later Paul is killed in a car accident and David comes to live with his mother, John and Kay. To get revenge on his mother for "abandoning" his father, David seduces Kay into marriage and abandons her, but realises the error of his ways serving in New Guinea during World War II. He is injured in battle but survives to be reunited with Kay, Laurette and John.


  • Muriel Steinbeck as Laurette Graham
  • Ron Randell as David Graham
  • Peter Finch as Paul Graham
  • John McCallum as John Seldon
  • Jane Holland as Kay Seldon
  • Kitty Bluett as Phyllis
  • Peter Dunstan as David Graham as a boy
  • Production

    The script was written by Gloria Bourner, who was a cartoonist. Eric Porter storyboarded the entire film prior to filming. He also put up half the budget himself, with the balance coming from Charles Munro and some private investors.

    Peter Finch, Ron Randell, Muriel Steinbeck and John McCallum were all well established actors when the film was made. Jane Holland was a 22-year-old radio actor who later moved to England and married Leo McKern. Kitty Bluett was a musical comedy star, the daughter of comedian Fred Bluett.

    The film was shot in the Supreme Sound System studio in early 1945. Filming was scheduled to allow the actors to take radio and stage jobs, and sometimes would start at midnight. War footage shot by Damien Parer is used in the New Guinea sequences.

    The movie was shot prior to Smithy (1946), also starring Randell and Steinbeck, but its release was held off until after that bigger budget movie to take advantage of its publicity.


    Ron Randell was mobbed by female fans at the film's premiere. Critical response was mixed, many comparing the film unfavourably with Smithy.

    Porter announced he wanted to make another film with Finch, a ₤35,000 suspense drama set in the timber country near Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour called Storm Hill, but it never eventuated.


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